The Fiesta of Men
Mark O'Connor burst upon the Australian literary scene in 1973 when his first published poems won the Poetry Australia Biennial International Prize. Since then he has won many literary prizes and honours.
In 1970 he became the first Australian poet to concentrate on Australia's natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef, discovering 'a Muse a thousand miles long'. His Reef Poems (1976) caused Elizabeth Perkins to observe, 'The Reef Poems, whose central artistry depends upon precise observation, are shaped by a human mind wrestling with human concerns, and they judge and evaluate in human terms... they are consistently valid as examples of human creativity. His is a paradoxical but honest art.'
In 1980 his collections of European poems, The Eating Tree, appeared. Of it John Clanchy wrote: 'there are three, possibly four poems in it as good as any written by an Australian in the past five years... you might go a long way before you found a better guide to the imagination of Europe'.
The Fiesta of Men is a new and powerful collection showing the maturing of O'Connor's versatile talent. He is never eccentric or obscure; he always has something clear and original to say.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Mild yellowing of pages.
Year published: 1984
Imprint: Hale & Iremonger
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